From a practical standpoint, the deals are a formality. If pre-arbitration players don't agree to terms, the team can unilaterally renew their contracts for the minimum after a certain date. The difference usually only comes into play in potential arbitration hearings.
The Tigers now have 26 players on their 40-man roster under contract for the upcoming season. Among the unsigned are third baseman Nick Castellanos, starter Shane Greene, relievers Bruce Rondon and Ian Krol, lefty Kyle Lobstein, catcher Bryan Holaday and outfielder Tyler Collins.
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